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Birmingham Church Takes IVIessage of Hope Around the World 

By Anna Flowers 

While broadcasting church services around the world is not new to certain groups of 
American Christians, it is not something that has been as widely embraced by more 
progressive or LGBTQ-affirming congregations. For that reason, among many, we celebrate 
the online ministry of Covenant Community Church in Birmingham. 

"This all began several years ago, when we first started using PowerPoint for the service 
and then a member of the church came to me with the idea of live-streaming," said 
Covenant's pastor, J. R. Finney II. Today the church of 260 active members, 80 percent of 
whom identify themselves as LGBTQ, broadcasts its Sunday and Wednesday worship 
services online and regularly reaches audiences in military outposts such as Afghanistan, 
Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. More local followers are even known to visit Covenant in 
person. "We have visitors from neighboring areas and states that visit from time to time," 
said Finney. "Also, the growth of our online giving coincided with growth of this ministry." 




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Begun as a Metropolitan Community Ciiurcii, Covenant lias been an inclusive community of 
faith in the city of Birmingham for over 32 years. Some years ago, the congregation voted to 
leave the MCC and is currently in the process of affiliating with the United Church of Christ. 
The denomination's Alabama-Tennessee Association will consider admitting the 
congregation into membership at its spring meeting, to be held in May or June. 

Interested in the possibility of live-streaming your church's worship or expanding your 
ministry into new outlets? Finney recommends, "Don't be threatened by other people's gifts 
around you. Find someone who is gifted with technology, set parameters as best you can, 
and stay out of the way." Helpful advice! It is amazing what congregations can do when they 
tap into individuals' talents and passions. Covenant Community Church has reached 
thousands around the world by doing exactly that. Bravo! 

For another example of UCC live-streaming ministries, check out Omaha, Nebraska's 
Countryside Community Church UCC's hugely popular webcast Darkwood Brew led by the 
Rev. Eric EInes, Ph.D. 



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